Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Local resources

Libraries and Archives

All original records are held by archives at the national, provincial, or municipal level.  The websites of these organizations also provide a wealth of online material:

Genealogical societies

Joining or visiting a genealogical society will introduce you to resources, experts, and fellow genealogists.  These are some of the organizations in the Ottawa area: